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10 Playlists to Triple Your Productivity

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Music Productivity

We like listening to music while we get things done. One of the most popular posts on the blog has been our collection of our favorite music playlists.

Since then, we’ve collected many more and many of you submitted your favorites too. Here are 10 new playlists you want to add to your Asian Efficiency music collection.

I’m going to assume for a moment that you use Spotify. If you aren’t – sign up now. We recommend this for finding songs, playlists and organizing your music.

The Dark Knight Rises

Not only was this a fantastic movie but the soundtrack is superb as well. Since this soundtrack is around 50 minutes, it’s perfect to bust out a double pomodoro to get something done.

Spotify link.

Ronale Jenkees – Disorganized Fun

A new composer we discovered is Ronald Jenkees. Anything by him is great but check out Disorganized Fun to get you started.

Spotify link.

The Amazing Spider-Man

This is a very mellow soundtrack without any lyrics – perfect to get some serious writing done.

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TRON: Legacy

I have to give credit to AE reader Geoff for this recommendation. TRON Legacy by Daft Punk has an unusual sound but it’s very stimulating without any lyrics.

Spotify link.

The Life Aquatic Exclusive Studio Sessions (featuring Seu Jorge)

We really like playlists that are in a foreign language. When you can’t decipher the words at all, the experience is very similar to listening to something without any lyrics.

This is a very mellow playlist. Ideal for administrative tasks and a good way to close your week.

Credit to AE reader Aaron L.

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Lifehacker Trance List

Whitson Gordon, editor-in-chief of Lifehacker, has compiled a list of his favorite trance tracks. If you need something to pump you up, have a listen to this one.

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xx by The XX

A relatively unknown indie pop band, The XX’s album xx has become one of our favorites to listen to. It’s really slow and mellow which are ideal for focused work.

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Need for Speed – The Run

When you want to listen to dark, upbeat and stimulating tracks, listen to the soundtrack of the Need For Speed – The Run (video game).

Spotify link.

Oblivion Soundtrack

The Oblivion Soundtrack is a classical playlist. It’s slow, has only a couple tracks with lyrics and it is great to have in the background when you’re focusing on your work.

Spotify link.

Cut Copy

Another relatively unknown band is Cut Copy. They have fantastic tracks that will put you in a good mood and that will inject you with some positive energy. Ideal for later in the day or closing your week with a bang.

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K-Pax Soundtrack

This soundtrack was recommended by one of our Twitter followers (can’t find who anymore – let us know who you are! Update: It was Nick!). It’s a very chill and laidback playlist with no lyrics. I’ve never seen the movie (planning too now) but the tracks are ideal for focused work.

Spotify link.

There you have it – 10 new playlists to enjoy the next time you want to get things done. What do you like to listen to? Give us some of your recommendations in the comments below!

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Posted by Gav  | February 15, 2017 at 3:56AM | Reply

I’ve been using these playlists. Great selection.
I have also just discovered Marco PM. These are free to download

Posted by Pablo Sors  | November 7, 2013 at 4:40AM | Reply

Some suggestions that have done wonders to my motivation and concentration levels during work time:

Anything from Balmorhea

Mantra/Spiritual Music.
I find myself repeating the mantras and getting in the Flow Zone very effectively this way.
Doesn’t distract as lyrics do.

Deva Premal
Guru Ganesh Singh
[e.g. youtube/watch?v=Y31TB_kFFaI]
Snatam Kaur
[e.g. youtube/watch?v=m51hVO0-1X0]


Posted by Michael  | October 1, 2013 at 12:56AM | Reply

This is GREAT! I love music. It’s a HUGE part of my life…especially sound tracks. Thanks for putting this together and introducing lots of new music and thoughts and emotions to me.

Posted by Leprakawn  | September 29, 2013 at 6:16PM | Reply

How was “The Gladiator” soundtrack overlooked? And then to toss in something along the lines of the electronic realm, BT’s “This Binary Universe.”

Posted by Thom  | September 4, 2013 at 11:26PM | Reply

I’m so glad that Tron: Legacy made the list. I can attest that it helps me get into a super productive zone. I listen to this playlist with a little bit of Rob Dougan sprinkled in on infinite repeat:

Posted by Dee  | September 4, 2013 at 8:04AM | Reply

How is the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack not on here?

Posted by marmeloni  | August 29, 2013 at 5:37AM | Reply

Acutally everything by Ludovico Einaudi is pretty amazing:

Posted by marmeloni  | August 29, 2013 at 4:23AM | Reply

Here’s some great piano music to work by.

Posted by Vicent  | August 28, 2013 at 11:08AM | Reply

(3 of 3)

| The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), a different one:

Let me know if you already knew them and/or like them! :)

Posted by Vicent  | August 28, 2013 at 11:06AM | Reply

My two cents (with Spotify links):

| The Never Endig Story (1984), excluding the first song:

| Screenplaying (1993), a mix of several movie soundtracks created by Mark Knopfler:


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